Composition with Hyacinth, gouache on carbide paper, 28x23cm
At present my work is based around botanically-inspired form. I don’t endeavour to imitate nature, but to make work inspired by it, and through this, to communicate something of the spirit of life force coming into being.
Subject matter is often revealed through play and exploration of the materials themselves, be it paint, silverpoint drawing, etching, or film. My focus lies in a rigor of drawing combined with a strong abstract identity in terms of composition: this, and a fascination with the subtle energy of botanical forms and motifs, has underpinned my work of late.
The images could be read as an analogy of life: birth, growth, and fading towards extinction, our parallel co-existence within the natural world.
Life can be brief, forceful, transient. These elements I recognize as becoming fundamental to my work, and it is the magnificence and poignancy of this quiet reflection that I wish to communicate.